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Poster: videogeek Date: Feb 21, 2005 4:10pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: HDTV?

Are some of the films going to be re-telecined/scanned and rencoded in order to take advantage of HD resolution? I'm not saying that it should be done right away... but in five years, video as we know it is going to be more or less obosolete. Do these old 16mm films even contain the extra resolution? Are any of the films from a 35mm print? Just a crazy first post ... :)

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Poster: FP Date: Feb 22, 2005 1:03am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: HDTV?

I can't speak for the archive. I'm just a frequent browser and uploader. But this is the way it looks to me: This is offered as a free resource. HD re-encoding and hosting most of the files offered here would demand large increases in staff time, storage space and bandwidth. So, I don't expect to see a lot of HD content here for a while. I'm sure an occasional HD title will trickle in.

16MM film offers considerably higher resolution than any "standard definition" TV, so there would be a visible difference in HD versions of archive content derived from 16MM, presuming the original print is in good shape. However, much of the content here is from battered prints with flaws that could actually be more distracting in HD. INVISIBLE DIPLOMATS is a good example of a film that promises much useful stock footage, but it contains such bad stretching and sprocket damage that the film is practically useless for that purpose. It's like watching a film projected on Silly Putty while the putty is being stretched and wobbled around.

At this price, I have no complaints. The archive provides a free lunch.

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Feb 22, 2005 9:30pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: HDTV?

I posted a similar question awhile back after I started restoration work on slides shot in the 1940's and saw how much detail I could recover. FP is right on all counts. 16mm can hold more detail than statndard TV, but encoding video is time consuming and expensive, and the films are generally well-used prints, not masters. Still, the wide-screen and technicolor works (American Engineer and American Style come to mind) seem to be in excellent shape and would look spectacular in HD. Maybe someday . . .